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Hair Apparent: Stylists Give More Than Good Looks

There’s more to hairstyling than remembering color formulas, proper angles for a cut, or how each client’s locks react to styling tools and chemicals. There’s the banter. And the bond. Jenny Elig looks into the strong relationships between hairstylists and their clients, which can include major life events — from house calls to the funeral home. Click here to read the full story.

Stirring the Pot: A Carnivore’s Conundrum

When facing an unfamiliar situation, one has a choice: dread or delight. When Ruthie Cohen planned a dinner party for vegetarians and vegans, she had to forget about reliable main dishes, such as brisket or chicken. What to do? Whether planning dinner or mapping out a life, she says, choose delight. New roads beckon. Click here to read the full story and a few vegetarian-friendly recipes.

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Big Mike’s B-town: Annette Oppenlander, Historical Novelist

Author Annette Oppenlander thrives on historical fiction. “I must have my feet on the ground where these things happen,” she says in this installment of Michael G. Glab’s Big Mike’s B-town. Born in Germany and raised by a family that struggled to survive World War II, Oppenlander tells their stories in her fifth book, Surviving the Fatherland. Click here to read the full story.

Voces Novae Celebrates 20 Years of ‘Adventurous’ Choral Music

Voces Novae has been performing for 20 years, but unlike other chamber choirs, its vision of choral music, says writer Jen Pacenza, is an adventurous experience for audiences and musicians alike. On Saturday, Voces Novae celebrates its 20th anniversary with a thematic tour, called “The Art and Science of Happiness,” at 5 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Church. Click here to read the full story.

‘Places, Things, People’ 4×5 Photo Gallery: Part 2, Things

The location of something can give greater meaning to the thing itself, says photographer Adam Reynolds. In the second installment of his three-part photography series, Reynolds used the large-format camera to situate objects within their surroundings. The richness of the compositions shows the Americana of Hoosierland in a deeper light. Click here to see his gallery of photos.

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Two New Cookbooks Offer Local Flavors and Far-Flung Adventure

Ruthie Cohen takes a look at two new cookbooks by local authors: Earth Eats Real Food Green Living, by the producer of the WFIU radio show Earth Eats, Annie Corrigan, with Chef Daniel Orr; and Vegetarian Heartland: Recipes for Life’s Adventures, by food blogger Shelly Westerhausen. Ruthie says each book offers “carefully constructed recipes peppered with stories and reminiscences.” Click here for the full story and a few recipes.

Alma Eikerman’s Legacy Still Inspires Metalsmiths, Jewelry Designers

Emerging from the 1940s New York art scene, Alma Eikerman served as a professor at the IU School of Fine Arts for over 30 years, sharing global influences with her students. This month, IU’s current metalsmithing and jewelry design students will display their Eikerman-inspired work at the Indiana University Metals Seminar show. Writer Ann Georgescu tells the story here.

Rahim AlHaj: Lotus Blossoms Visiting Artist [video]

Grammy-nominated oud player Rahim AlHaj, an Iraqi political refugee since 1991, was invited by the Lotus Education and Arts Foundation to participate in the Lotus Blossoms outreach program in March. He performed at various Bloomington locations and also at Owen Valley High School in Spencer. Filmmaker TJ Jaeger recorded the trip.

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Behind the Curtain: ‘My Children! My Africa!’

New York Newsday describes Athol Fugard’s play My Children! My Africa! as “One of the theatre’s most affecting dissections of social upheaval.” Art of Africa, a new Bloomington theater company, brings the powerful play, directed by Murray McGibbon, to the John Waldron Arts Center. Jen Pacenza gives her preview in Behind the Curtain. Click here to read the full story.

Stirring the Pot: Food Is a Language That Teaches Diversity

Carissa Marks is passionate about food justice. Growing up food insecure in Pennsylvania, she now works with IU Biology Outreach to advocate for sustainable and healthful food systems. One of her projects was an international food festival at Templeton Elementary School. Stirring the Post columnist Ruthie Cohen attended — and learned that “food is language.” Click here to read the full story.